The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, May 18, 2009

May 18, 2009 4:32am

The Note’s Must-Reads are a round-up of today’s political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at www.abcnews.com

Compiled by ABC News’ PETER MARTINEZ, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, JAYCE HENDERSON, JUSTIN GRANT and LAURA GREENE

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PRESIDENT OBAMA, THE ECONOMY, THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM AND TAXES:

The Wall Street Journal’s John D. Mckinnon: “New Tax Proposals Target Life Insurers” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "President Obama and PM Netanyahu: Headed for a Showdown?" LINK

Bloomberg’s Indira A.R. Lakshmanan and Jonathan Ferziger: “Obama Sees Iran Threat as Motivation for Israeli-Arab Agreement” LINK

The Hill’s Bridget Johnson: “Differing two-state solutions coming from Obama, Bibi” LINK

Politico’s Mike Allen: “Robert Gates says public wants to see ‘momentum shifting’ in Afghanistan LINK

Time Magazine’s Tony Karon: “The Six Issues That Divide Bibi from Barack”  LINK

New York Daily News’ Kenneth R. Bazinet: "President Obama to get more flexible Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu" LINK

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND ABORTION / UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME:

ABC News’ Jon Garcia and John Hendren: "He’s Back: Anti-Abortion Crusader Randall Terry Leads the Protests at Notre Dame" LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker and Susan Saulny: “At Notre Dame, Obama Calls for Civil Tone in Abortion Debate” LINK

The New York Times’ Michael Shear: “Cheers, Protests At Notre Dame” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “Obama Confronts Abortion Debate” LINK

Bloomberg’s Edwin Chen: “Obama Calls for ‘Open’ Debate on Abortion in Notre Dame Speech” LINK

Boston Globe’s Joseph Williams: “Obama urges dialogue, not demonization, on abortion” LINK

Politico’s Carol E. Lee: “Barack Obama speaks at Notre Dame, calls for ‘fair-minded words’” LINK

USA Today’s Tim Evans: "Mixed reception at Notre Dame for Obama" LINK

New York Daily News’ Thomas M. Defrank: "President Obama heckled, but not rattled during stirring speech about abortion at Notre Dame" LINK

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OBAMA:

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Liberals Fret Over Obama’s Compromises” LINK

Boston Herald’s Jonah Goldberg: “Obama risks being picture of expediency” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

Boston Globe Editorial: “How not to pay for healthcare” LINK

H1N1/SWINE FLU:

The Associated Press’ Karen Matthews: "Assistant Principal Is 1st NYC Swine Flu Death" LINK

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA:

The Associated Press: "First Lady Michelle Obama urges graduates to give back with commencement speech in California" LINK

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA / ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ John Hendren, Jon Garcia, Michael S. James and David Wright: "Obama Talks of Common Ground Amid Notre Dame Protests" LINK

The Associated Press Philip Elliott: "Obama Taps Aide to Guide Nominee for Supreme Court" LINK

Politico’s Carol E. Lee: “Barack Obama takes note of role as first African-American president” LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Jon Meacham: “A Conversation with Barack Obama” LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Jon Meacham: A Highly Logical Approach” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Notre Dame cheers, jeers Obama” LINK

WHITE HOUSE:

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: “From Serving in Iraq to Welcoming White House Guests” LINK

INTERROGATION / C.I.A. / TORTURE / HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI:

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: "Roundtable: CIA vs. Pelosi" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan Gorman and Naftali Bendavid: “CIA Chief Rebuts Pelosi on Briefings” LINK

The New York Times’ John Harwoord: “A Leadership Test for an Unbowed Pelosi” LINK

The Washington Post’s Perry Bacon Jr.: “Boehner Says Pelosi Should Back Up Her CIA Allegations” LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Tina Brown: “The Speaker Is in the House” LINK

The Washington Times’ Mark Steyn: “Pelosi peregrinations” LINK

CONGRESS:

The Washington Post’s Pery Bacon Jr.: “House Passes War Funds As 51 Democrats Dissent” LINK

The Washington Post’s Sholnn Freeman: “Crash Puts Focus on Air Safety” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Corey Boles and Patrick Yoest: “Bill to Fund Wars Passes in the House” LINK

The Hill’s Michael M. Gleeson and Mike Soraghan: “Waxman labors for cap-and-trade votes” LINK

Time Magazine’s Michael Weiskopff: “Environmentalists Attack House Global Warming Deal” LINK

AUTO INDUSTRY:

USA Today’s Sharon Silke Carty: "GM shows signs that bankruptcy filing is coming" LINK

The Associated Press’ Tom Krisher: "Chrysler dealer cuts mean potential deals for consumers" LINK

ECONOMY/ BANKS / HOUSING & MORTGAGES / JOBS:

ABC News’ Lisa Stark and Kristina Wong: "Are Americans Sacrificing Their Health to Save Money?" LINK

USA Today’s Gary Stoller: "Hotel crime rises in recession, but hotels say they’re still safe" LINK

USA Today’s Dan Reed: "Fewer people expected to fly this summer" LINK

DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

The New York Times’ Neil Lewis: “Republicans in Senate Lower Expectations of a Court Fight” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “Club for Growth Wears on Some Republicans” LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: “Analysis: Gov. Huntsman can see the long view” LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Michael Freedman: “The GOP’s Paranoid Foreign Policy” LINK

The Washington Times’ Ralph Z. Hallow: “Steele reignites ‘socialist’ conflict with RNC” LINK

The Washington Times’ Christina Bellantoni: “GOP gearing up to assail court nominee” LINK

FORMER BUSH ADMINISTRATION:

Newsweek Magazine’s Bill Minutaglio: “The Afterlife of George W. Bush” OTHER MUST-READS:

ABC News’ Lara Setrakina: "Iran’s Pres. Candidates Recognize the Web as a Go-To to Win" LINK

USA Today’s Alan Gomez: "Militants test readiness of Iraq’s forces as U.S. prepares to leave" LINK

USA Today’s Jim Michaels: "New GI Bill could open education doors for more vets" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Kathy Chen: “China Envoy Brings Deep Skill Set to Job” LINK

New York Daily News’ Stephanie Gaskell: "Even after John Russell tragedy, troops’ career fears hamper PTSD counseling" LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:

"Green Room: Rumsfeld’s Intelligence Briefs" LINK

"Is the U.S. Safer Under Obama?" LINK

"Roundtable: Speaker Pelosi vs. the CIA" LINK

"President Obama Addresses Abortion at Notre Dame" LINK

"First Lady Addresses Graduates" LINK

"George’s Bottom Line: Obama Flip-Flops?" LINK

"Words of Wisdom From First Ladies" LINK

"Grocery Auctions: Save Cash and Have Fun" LINK

 

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